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Old March 12th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #1
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It finally happened the other night while out filming in a dark street.The moment we all dread....at some the SDI plug fell off without me noticing.
Has anyone successfully ordered a new plug or just left it open? Is there any other plugs out there that dont come off this camera when someone sneezes? Sony should have these things sitting around in trays at there service centres like complimentary beer nuts. Grab a handfull everytime you go in....
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Old March 12th, 2008, 09:56 PM   #2
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How long did you make it? Mine was gone within the first hour or so of opening the box...
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Old March 12th, 2008, 10:09 PM   #3
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How long did you make it? Mine was gone within the first hour or so of opening the box...
104 days. Must be some kind of world record.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 10:15 PM   #4
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I got a hot glue gun and increased the purchase by putting a thin layer of hot glue all around the outside of the plug. I stayed on about 37 minuets and I threw it away.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 10:27 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure mine was on the camera when I sent it to Sony for repair, and it was missing when they returned it.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 10:30 PM   #6
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the trauma we have all been through to keep this precious plug. I dont use that port but will at some point. Are the cables that plug into it expensive? I might just buy one, plug it in and snip it off at the base. that should stay in tighter and not stick out too much.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 10:47 PM   #7
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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...tion_Plug.html

I think this is the best bet.

This is a special order from B&H but similar ones can be found in stock elsewhere.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 11:57 PM   #8
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I sent my camera in for repair. They decided they needed to replace the camera. The SDI cover on the replacement camera is much better, you really have to pry it out. Way better then than the first one which didn't stay in at all.

Maybe if you order a replacement, you'll get this new version? You won't need to mod it.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #9
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Thanks Eric, Thanks Dave, Ill look into both these options. Thats good to know the new plugs are better. Is it a different design or material or still rubber? or still the same but better fit?
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Old March 13th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #10
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My second camera has a much improved cover over the first, with a longer rubber sleeve that encases the entire barrel. Removing it takes effort (like the FW/USB cover, although it has loosened up over time).

Don't know if it would be a good idea to place a terminator or connector there as protection, though. Seems it would poke out too much, making the camera BNC vulnerable to damage, no?

Maybe Sony will have candy bowls full of the new ones at NAB and those attending can grab few for those whose nipple lost its way.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 12:10 AM   #11
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The new design is rubber like the old one, but long enough to go all the way to the back of the socket and it tapers out in thickness so it stays in really well.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 12:24 AM   #12
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The new design plug sounds like the answer. Thanks. ill start hassling my local store to order me one in. Ill post the price and availability here when I find out.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 07:12 AM   #13
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They replaced my camera too when I sent it in. New plug MUCH better.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 07:29 AM   #14
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Don't know if it would be a good idea to place a terminator or connector there as protection, though. Seems it would poke out too much, making the camera BNC vulnerable to damage, no?
Good point, Bill.

At least that part of the camera is made of a cast alloy, rather than plastic. But it could translate a hard knock into a more expensive repair.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 08:15 AM   #15
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Good point, Bill.

At least that part of the camera is made of a cast alloy, rather than plastic. But it could translate a hard knock into a more expensive repair.
Right, Ill go for the rubber replacement.
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